Tunnels to Towers Foundation Pays Off Mortgages of FL First Responders

Jim McCool
Jim McCool
December 14, 2021

In their mission to provide aid to the families of America's fallen first responders, the Tunnels to Towers Foundation has paid off the mortgages of Florida first responder's homes.

After the unfortunate death of Firefighter Stephen Siller during the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Tunnels to Towers foundation aimed to provide assistance to first responders like Siller, who had everything to live for; a great wife, five wonderful children, a devoted extended family, and friends.

Now, as a part of the nonprofit's third annual Season of Hope, which celebrates the holiday season by delivering mortgage-free homes or mortgage-payoffs to families of fallen first responders, Gold Star families, and catastrophically injured veterans around the country, four Florida families of first responders saw their mortgages paid off in full.  This list included the families of:

  • Miccosukee Police Officer Horacio Sebastian Dominguez
  • Miami-Dade Police Captain Gustavo Duarte
  • Escambia Fire Rescue District Chief Dwain Bradshaw
  • Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Captain Thomas Barber

Since then, the Tunnels to Towers foundation has sworn to,"pay off or dedicate 65 mortgage-free homes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve."

These payoffs come a day after the Tunnel to Towers Foundation broke ground on the “Let Us Do Good Village,” in Land O’Lakes Florida.

“These are more than mortgage-free homes. The Let Us Do Good Village will be a community and a support system for the families who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we all enjoy,” said Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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Jim McCool

Jim McCool

Jim is a graduate of Florida State University where he studied Political Science, Religion and Criminology. He has been a reporter for the Floridian since January of 2021 and will start law school in 2024.

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